Featured in 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords, September 2011

Posted by on Jul 12, 2011 in Published Work

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First off, let me just say that drag strips are not my favorite places to photograph cars, at least in California. They just aren’t photogenic. But where else are you going to photograph a 2,500 horsepower Mustang built to pull off six second 1/4 mile runs? The one redeeming factor are the burnout and wheelie shots, the latter of which I was hoping would be used a lead or even a cover shot. Alas, they went with the standard front 3/4 photo, and I can’t really complain. Besides, another one of my photos made it on the cover of the September issue anyway.

The photos aren’t exactly portfolio-worthy, but they got the job done and look good in the magazine. Follow the jump to see screen shots of the whole article.

Publication: 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords

Client: Source Interlink

Car: 2011 MMR Shelby GT500 Race Car

Cover feature for 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords, September 2011

Posted by on Jul 12, 2011 in Published Work

50-mustang-september-2011The September 2011 issue of 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords came out today, and I was fortunate enough to have my photo selected for the cover. The car is a 2011 Mustang 5.0 built by a company called Raceskinz. I first saw the car at SEMA last year, and it was by far my favorite Mustang at the show. Originally I had done a photoshoot of the car without any driving shots, but I knew the car was cover-worthy, so I set up another time to photograph the car in action. Thankfully, the extra effort was rewarded. Follow the jump to see screen shots of the complete article.

Publication: 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords

Client: Source Interlink

Car: 2011 Ford Mustang 5.0 by Raceskinz

Pikes Peak Hill Climb photos, Practice Day 3

Posted by on Jun 24, 2011 in Published Work

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Pikes Peak will be completely paved over next year, and since I’ll be on the summit for race day, this was the last time I’ll ever photograph the cars on dirt. Such a shame, as the dirt adds such a wonderful element to photographing the cars go up the mountain. I made the most of it, catching the cars come up around a turn with the sunrise in the background, and hanging out on the inside of a hairpin to see (some) drivers skillfully drift through the turn. The pavement might make for fast times, but the dirt will surely be missed.

See all of the photos from Practice Day 3 over at Autoblog.com.

Pikes Peak Hill Climb photos, Practice Day 2

Posted by on Jun 23, 2011 in Published Work

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Day two at Pikes Peak. Last year this section (the upper third) was still dirt, and it was strange to see the cars charge up the hill on the new pavement. The scenery isn’t quite as special as the middle section, but there was still some good photos in the making. The sun hitting off the rocks near the bottomless pit between mile 16 and 17 was pretty spectacular for just a few minutes. You can see all the photos from today over at Autoblog.com.

Pikes Peak Hill Climb photos, Practice Day 1

Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in Published Work

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Last year I missed out on the first practice session at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, and after seeing fellow photographer Linhberg Nguyen’s photos on SpeedHunters.com, I made sure to be up on the mountain bright and early for the opening day.

If you stand in the right spot as the sun comes up, the sky and surrounding area turn all sorts of amazing colors, and there’s a 2-3 minute window where everything looks simply epic. There’s nothing else like it in motorsports. My favorite photo of the day was Monster Tajima tearing up the mountain with a beautiful Colorado sunrise in the background.

Visit Autoblog.com for the entire set of photos.

24 Hours of Le Mans photos featured on Autoblog.com

Posted by on Jun 12, 2011 in Published Work

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The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the one event I’ve been hoping to attend since I started photographing cars, and I was lucky enough to finally go this year. The bad news was the I got the invite just a few weeks before the race, well after the last day to apply for photo credentials. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get trackside, but fortunately I managed to talk my way into a photo vest for a few hours at sunset and and sunrise. Having never been to the track there was a huge learning curve – even finding where to get into the photos areas was a huge challenge – but by the end I was satisfied with my photos for being a “newbie”. I hope that I’ll be able to attend again, especially with a photo credential for the entire race.

You can see the photos of the race over on Autoblog.com.

Featured in 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords, August 2011

Posted by on Jun 7, 2011 in Published Work

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The middle of the desert is just about my favorite place to photograph a car, so I didn’t mind driving out to Las Vegas to take pictures of this highly modified Mustang for a feature in 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords. I came away with some pretty cool driving shots of the car, so I was a little disappointed when it didn’t make it onto the cover. Even so, the photos looks great in the magazine. Follow the jump to see screen shots of the whole article.

Publication: 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords

Client: Source Interlink

Car: Manny Galvan’s 2007 Ford Mustang GT

Cover feature for Chevy High Performance, August 2011

Posted by on Jun 7, 2011 in Published Work

chevy-high-performance-august-2011I’ve had a few things published in Chevy High Performance in the past, but this is the first time that I’ve had a photo on the cover. The car was built by CGS Motorsports in Chino, CA. Coincidentally, my very first magazine cover was of a truck built by CGS Motorsports in 2004. I’m glad I could get them some good exposure once again.

Publication: Chevy High Performance

Client: Source Interlink

Car: 2011 Chevrolet Camaro by CGS Motorsports

Subaru Impreza WRX STI photos featured on Autoblog.com

Posted by on Jun 7, 2011 in Published Work

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Subaru sure knows how to make strange looking vehicles. I guess the 2011 Impreza WRX STI sure isn’t the worst looking out of the various versions, but I was more fond of the last 5-door generation. That wing…

I’ve been on a kick of placing the car looking away down a desolate road, and the photo above may be one of my favorites yet. Everything from the hills in the background to the color in the sky and the color of the car worked together beautifully. You can see the entire set of photos over at Autoblog.com.

Bentley Continental GT photos featured on Autoblog.com

Posted by on May 31, 2011 in Published Work

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Orange cars are fantastic, at least in terms of photographing them at sunset. I pretty much couldn’t make this Bentley Continental GT not look good if I tried. Head on over to Autoblog.com to see the full set.